Established on July 20, 1949, the Medal for Humane Action honors United States Armed Forces personnel who carried out service in operations related to the Berlin Airlift. To qualify for the medal, individuals must have carried out a minimum of 120 days of service in Berlin between June 26, 1948 and September 30, 1949. It may be granted posthumously and without consideration of the time requirement to individuals who were killed during or as a result of participation in such operations.
The medal is bronze and features a C-54 airplane over a wheat wreath joined by the coat of arms of the city of Berlin. The ribbon is bisected by a thin vertical yellow line flanked on either side by a thin white stripe, a thick teal stripe, a thin white stripe, and a thicker black stripe proceeding outward toward each edge.